Meet Megan Collazo
Megan and her mother were homeless and living primarily in a temporary residence at a motel, and sometimes even outside. They were both looking for jobs and under financial hardship.
Megan got accepted into the Adams County Youth Succeed Program to help further her education and help her get a job to help out her mother with expenses. Megan also began a paid work experience with the county assisting with a human services team.
Outcomes & Benefits
Megan has been successful so far and has received her first paycheck. She used the money to assist with payment for staying at the hotel and now is more secure about her and her mother being able to continue to have housing. She has also used her wages to help pay for gas and continue to attend her work experience, which will help her gain skills to further her career. Megan has also been affected emotionally as the housing stability and work experience has helped her think about her future and what she wants to become.
Meet Sean Lehan
Sean was a young adult working an entry-level job at a local amusement center, making little more than minimum wage. He was looking to get a better job but needed extra help since he struggled with high school and was receiving food assistance.
Sean enrolled in the Adams County Youth Succeed Program and was able to enroll in an HVAC program at Emily Griffith Technical College. Sean recently finished his program and received an HVAC certification as well as an EPA certification. To help give him some work experience in that field, Adams County Workforce & Business Center staff worked with a local HVAC business, Fix-It 24/7, to set up a paid work experience.
Outcomes & Benefits
Sean is working with technicians who have decades of experience and will also earn another certification during his work experience. With his industry certificate, assistance with resume preparation, and work experience in the HVAC field, Sean is well on his way to a career pathway that will allow him to fully support himself and open opportunities to him.
This material was approved for publication on the Colorado Workforce Investment Works campaign website hosted by Colorado Workforce System in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards. The full stories may be viewed at www.WorkforceInvestmentWorks.com/Colorado.